2019 Practice News
With the new year comes new opportunities for health goals and resolutions. For allergy and asthma sufferers, it's the perfect time to get the wheezing and sneezing under control and commit to better breathing in 2020!
Although the flu vaccine is recommended for most children and adults, it is especially important for anyone with respiratory issues, particularly our patients with asthma and chronic sinusitis.
If you are one of the millions of Americans whose allergy symptoms are triggered by dust, you might be allergic to house dust mites.
The holiday and winter season can be a tough time for individuals with allergies or asthma. From the cold weather to all the holiday family meals, it’s important to be aware of potential risks.
If you would like to reorder your allergy extract, and have it billed to insurance in this calendar year, you must do so by Wednesday, December 18th. Any orders placed after that date will not be filled, or billed, until 2020.
After 34 years with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, Dr. John Zora will be retiring at the end of this year. Dr. Zora will continue to see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our Alpharetta office through December 2019. His partner, Dr. Lily Hwang, and our team in Alpharetta will continue to provide our Alpharetta patients with the highest level of care.
Make sure your family is well protected this Halloween season and check out our tips for your favorite trick-or-treaters.
All Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed on the following days during the holiday season.
Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Stockbridge office will be closed on Friday, November 8th as we prepare to move to our new location.
The end of the year is a good time to think about how to get the most from your health insurance, including scheduling an appointment for an allergy test. Both allergy testing and treatments are covered by most insurance plans, so if you’ve met your deductible for the year, your out-of-pocket costs could be minimal, or possibly zero.
Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is proud to support the Immune Deficiency Foundation and their Annual IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency, Sunday, November 10th at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville, GA.
The Teal Pumpkin Project supports a safe trick-or-treating experience for kids with food allergies. Learn where to get your teal pumpkins and ideas for non-food treats!
We’d like to wish Nurse Practitioner, Susan B. Berkowitz, a fond farewell and a big thank you for her 25 years of service to Atlanta Allergy & Asthma and our patients. Susan began her career at AAA in 1994, initially handling patients in our clinical research trials. She was instrumental in building and growing our nationally renowned research program.
September 28th is National Penicillin Allergy Day. Up to 10 percent of the population report being allergic to penicillin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, most of those may actually be able to safely use penicillin, either because they never were truly allergic or because they have lost sensitivity over time.
On Friday, September 13th, the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to recommend approval of an oral immunotherapy (OIT) product for peanut allergy.
Fall is one of the most dangerous times for people with asthma, especially children. Asthmatics often enjoy a reprieve from symptoms during the summer months, but ER visits for asthma increase during September and October.
The temperatures outside tell us that fall isn’t quite here, but allergy seasons do not exactly follow the calendar. If you experience allergy symptoms this time of year, learn more about what is causing them and what you can do to enjoy this beautiful season in the southeast.
Fall allergy season in Atlanta and the Southeast has historically been characterized by weed pollen, particularly ragweed. But in a study conducted using data from the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Pollen Counting Station, an interesting trend was uncovered.
We have exciting news! The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Pollen Department will now be reporting the mold activity in the air along with the daily pollen count that measures pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Learn more about mold allergy and if it is contributing to your allergic symptoms.
Back-to-school season is a very busy time for all families, but if your child has allergies or asthma, it can feel even more hectic. Here are some tips for those families to keep in mind as they get back into the school routine.
Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic condition associated with an important protein in the blood that is either low or does not function appropriately.
All Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. All offices with regular Friday hours will be open on Fri, July 5th. Have a great holiday!
Eight physicians from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma — the largest allergy practice in Georgia — rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. More than half of the physicians in the publication’s allergy and immunology category come from this one practice.
Beginning July 8th, 2019, parking will be unavailable at our Buckhead office due to construction around the building. Building management is providing valet service from The Darlington, located just south of our building. We will continuously monitor the transportation service to make sure it is meeting the needs of our patients.
Due to the continued shortages of EpiPen®, Pfizer and Mylan are coordinating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to extend the expiration dates by 4 months of all EpiPen epinephrine auto-injectors and its authorized generic on the market in the U.S. after a review of stability data.
The best part of summer is the time spent having fun outdoors; however, individuals with asthma and allergies must also be aware of triggers and potentially dangerous situations specific to summertime.
Most of our patients know the effect of pollen, dust, and animal dander have on people with asthma. Nearly 60% of people with asthma have allergies that make their asthma worse.
If your child has allergies or asthma, there is more to think about than just next year's class schedule and outgrown clothing. Find out how allergies and asthma can affect your child's performance at school.
Two recent studies have revealed that 32 million Americans — more than double what was previously believed — are living with a potentially life-threatening food allergy.
Although exciting research is currently being done, at this time there is no cure for food allergies. The only way to prevent reactions is to completely avoid the food you are allergic to.
May is “National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, which makes this a perfect time to educate patients, friends, family, and co-workers about these diseases.
The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma daily pollen count process is experiencing some technical issues. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and are available to address any questions you may have.
Anyone suffering with seasonal allergies knows the local pharmacy carries shelves full of over-the-counter medications to help manage symptoms. Unfortunately, most seasonal allergy sufferers take over-the counter (OTC) products rather than the treatments they actually prefer — prescription medications and allergen immunotherapy.
Spring pollen got you down? Check out our tips for surviving high pollen days.
Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is excited to participate in this annual rite of spring – The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 12-14th at Piedmont Park.
Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physician, Lily Hwang, MD, will present and lead a discussion on allergic diseases and asthma as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library Wellness Program. The event is open to the public: Tuesday, 4/16, 6:30-7:30 pm at Collins Hill Library in Lawrenceville.
Join us for the Immune Deficiency Foundation's Annual Education Meeting for individuals and family members living with primary immunodeficiency diseases. Learn the latest about diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiency diseases and meet others in the discussion sessions. Get your questions answered by medical experts, including our own Dr. Howard Silk.
For years, allergists have managed and controlled asthma with long-term control medicines to avoid asthma attacks, and quick-relief, or rescue, medicines to treat symptoms once they start. These treatments have typically worked well for most patients with mild to moderate asthma. However, for approximately 10% of people with this condition, these medicines were often not enough to control symptoms.
Food allergy is a significant problem that affects an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. including 5.6 million children. But recent developments in the search for a cure, or at least for treatment options that reduce the risk of a severe reaction, have given hope to families that struggle with this life-threatening condition.
We are offering new patient consultations with an allergy expert within 24 hours at many of our 17 locations.
We are trying to help as many allergy sufferers as possible this spring season! Because high demand makes our phone schedulers very busy this time of year, we provide additional options for your convenience.
Some of the most common ways people combat their spring allergy symptoms may not be providing relief at all. Here are five common mistakes and advice on how to better control the sneezing and wheezing that comes with pollen season.
Most people who develop alpha-gal syndrome in the U.S. develop the condition after a Lone Star tick bites them.
Step up to the challenge! Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is proud to again sponsor the American Lung Association’s Climb Atlanta, a vertical race to the top of The Promenade — a 40 story skyscraper in downtown Atlanta. Join us Saturday, April 27th.
Congratulations to our Research Department on receipt of the Syneos Research Site Appreciation Award in recognition of their contribution to the Aimmune sponsored oral immunotherapy study for peanut allergy.
We are excited to announce that we have recently added online bill pay to our list of features designed to help you manage your health.
A recent study published in JAMA Network Open estimates nearly 19 percent of adults think they have food allergies, but less than 11 percent actually do.